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Boy of the painted cave
Justin Denzel.
Contributor biographical information
New York : Philomel Books, c1988.
158 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


Forbidden to make images, fourteen-year-old Tao, the boy with the bad foot, yearns to be a cave painter, recording the figures of the mammals, rhinos, bison, and other animals of his prehistoric times.

Best Books:

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Mark Twain Award, 1990-1991 ; Nominee; Missouri
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1990-1991 ; Master List; Kansas

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader" "
Interest Level Middle Grade" "
Book Level 5.2" "
Accelerated Reader Points 5" "
Accelerated Vocabulary" "

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 7
Lexile Measure 800


Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Strongly reminiscent of Ann Turner's recent Time of the Bison , this too is a beautifully written story about an artistic prehistoric boy. Adopted as an infant by the kind old woman Kala, Tao does not know his father. His mother, Kala tells him, gave him his gift for seeing beauty``the thing that makes you different from others.'' Determined to paint, despite the taboo against it, Tao is gradually cast from the clan. Now on the outside, he begins to view their superstitions skeptically: demons do not dwell in the forbidden slough, after all; and the wolf dog, Ram, despised by the clan, becomes Tao's devoted friend. This is an exciting, fabulously descriptive story set against violent times. Denzel's knowledge of the Stone Age enhances the action; moreover, with his tender, somewhat melancholy insights into ostracism and loyalty, he transcends the period. Ages 8-12. (September)


Cave printings--Fiction.
Prehistoric peoples--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.D4377 Bo 1988
87036609 [Fic]
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